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somewhat Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. adverb to a small degree or extent
    slightly; more or less.
    • his arguments were somewhat self-contradictory
    • the children argued because one slice of cake was slightly larger than the other
  2. adverb to a moderately sufficient extent or degree
    fairly; pretty; passably; reasonably; moderately; jolly; middling.
    • pretty big
    • pretty bad
    • jolly decent of him
    • the shoes are priced reasonably
    • he is fairly clever with computers

Some"what` noun
  1. More or less; a certain quantity or degree; a part, more or less; something.
    These salts have somewhat of a nitrous taste. Grew.
    Somewhat of his good sense will suffer, in this transfusion, and much of the beauty of his thoughts will be lost. Dryden.
  2. A person or thing of importance; a somebody.
    Here come those that worship me. They think that I am somewhat. Tennyson.
Some"what` adverb
  1. In some degree or measure; a little.
    His giantship is gone, somewhat crestfallen. Milton.
    Somewhat back from the village street. Longfellow.

Webster 1913